This years LA Motor Show kicks off on the 1st of December, and runs on until the 10th, at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. On the face of it, this shows is exactly as you’d expect in this part of the world, it has class, glamour and some completely outrageous cars on show. Surprisingly, this show has a long history stretching back over 100 years, although I’m not sure that there was as much muscle and noise back then.
The LA Auto Show takes over the entire LA Convention Centre campus across 870,000 square feet, two main halls (south & west), “The Garage” aftermarket hall (under South Hall) and connecting walkways. The whole show acts as a buying point for customers, a peak into the future and a nudge to show what cars are on the roads in a couple of months. The Garage, is for the Need for Speed and Fast and Furious lovers. This is the customisation area of the show, where the best cars in the world are further enhanced to proper the ‘car culture’ motive. And of the 900,000+ visitors, many of them thrive from the vehicles on show in this area.
Similar to The Garage is Galpin’s Hall of Customs. This is the creme de la creme of custom vehicles, the images below show what was on offer at last years show. From gadget filled autos, crazy colour creations to the quite simply insane… this is where your car phantasies may well come true. The Pink Panther Mobile is a personal favourite of ours.
There are hundreds of cars on display that are available from the worlds dealers. Many of those cars are debuting at this years LA motor show, with Lexus, Volvo, Toyota and Mercedes Benz promising to unveil their latest creations. We will also get a closer look at some of the cars and concepts that have had they covers lifted over recent months. Concepts like the BMW 8 Series Concept. This thing, is beautiful. I feel that this is one of few cars that good make the Bond creators cheat on the beloved Aston Martin, and have very few complaints coming in for doing so.
It is unmistakably a BMW, though it has somewhat transported the brand in to a different time, without being so futuristic you couldn’t imagine it on our roads and it will morph into just that in 2018.
Another interesting concept is the MINI Electric. This catches the eye for similar reasons to the 8 Series, you can clearly see the history of the manufacturer in the car, and it doesn’t seem too far away from what we may well be driving soon. The well known MINI shape has been given a facelift, is still recognisable but some may argue that it has improved though the most striking part of the car is the wheels. Made using the latest 3D printing technology they have totally removed themselves from the traditional but may well have paved the way for production cars going forward. If this car (or a close representation of it) was to go into production, it is likely to run off of the same powertrain technology as the popular BMW i3, giving it a range of around 190 miles.
36 car manufacturers are booked in to show off their ranges. And that they will do. Showcasing a multitude of cars they’ll be flexing their muscles to rise about their neighbours, and what could make for better viewing? Favourites of the LA Motor Show, Audi alone have over 20 cars on show, including the 2018 Audi R8 V10 and the smaller TTRS. They match against the likes of Mercedes-Benz who intend to force there way to the forefront with their AMG GT4, AMG GLE43 Coupe and Project ONE Concept. There’s few brands out there with a more intimidating line up than that.
Jaguar bring a more concise selection, though it doesn’t lack in the X factor. They are debuting a new vehicle that is currently under wraps, but they bring the popular F-Type along and showcase the E-Pace, jaguars answer to the electric wave passing over the industry.
The LA Motor Show brings more exciting developments as the year goes on, what’s your favourite concept car of 2017?